The sea is quite rough, and at Dover a series of heavy waves pounds against a pier and along the adjacent shoreline. The scene then shifts to a different view of flowing water, and shows a heavy current from a point along a riverbank.
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An elegantly dressed man enters through a stage door onto a set with decorated back screen, a chair and small table. He brings a well-dressed women through the door, spreads a newspaper on the floor, and places the chair on it. She sits and fans herself; he covers her with a diaphanous cloth. She disappears; he tries to conjure her back with incomplete results. Can he go beyond the bare bones of a conjuring trick and succeed in the complete reconstitution of a the lady? Written by
Magician and filmmaker Georges Melies enters stage right and introduces fashionably dressed Jeanne d'Alcy. He puts a newspaper on the floor. On the newspaper, Mr. Melies places a chair. He invites Ms. D'Alcy, who is standing patiently, to sit on the chair. She complies comfortably and begins to fan herself. Melies throws a cloth over the woman. A slip second later, he removes the cloth and the woman has disappeared. But bringing her back is not a simple as it looks. In the end, the cast takes a bow. Forgetting his chair enables Melies to take a curtain call. He deserves one; this short film is never boring.
****** Escamotage d'une dame au theatre Robert Houdin (1896) Georges Melies ~ Georges Melies, Jeanne d'Alcy
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